Now it wont turn over at all and makes some clicking noises

Tiny
CCR101
  • MEMBER
  • 1997 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 170,000 MILES
The windshield wipers and the radio isnt working in my truck someone told me it could be the solenoid in the starter would this be it?
Do you
have the same problem?
Yes
No
Friday, December 2nd, 2011 AT 12:15 AM

2 Replies

Tiny
CARADIODOC
  • EXPERT
Can't imagine how the radio and wipers would be affected by a starting circuit problem, but with so many unrelated things acting up, I'd suspect a battery or generator problem. First check for loose or dirty battery cables, then see if it will start with a jump-start or after using a battery charger on a low charge rate for an hour. Use an inexpensive digital voltmeter to measure the battery voltage. It should be 12.6 volts. If it's around 12.0 volts, it's good but discharged. If it's closer to 11.0 volts or less, a cell is shorted.

Once the engine is running the battery voltage must be between 13.75 and 14.75 volts. If it is low, suspect the generator. GM has had a very poor generator design since 1987, and it has a very high failure rate. To reduce the number of repeat failures, replace the battery at the same time. As they age, they lose their ability to absorb and dampen the huge voltage spikes these generators produce. It's those spikes that do the damage to the internal diodes and voltage regulator and can interfere with other computers on the car. The old battery may work fine in a 1986 or older car.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, December 2nd, 2011 AT 1:38 AM
Tiny
M_H_RITZEL
  • EXPERT
You can jump start the truck, let it run for a while and then take it to a auto zone or mostly any other auto parts store and have them check the altinator and battery. I think that was caradiodoc was thinking about since they have not had generators for some time. As far as thewipers and radio check the fuses. The clicking you hear is the relays engaging but not enough current to start the truck or run accessories.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 AT 12:16 AM

Please login or register to post a reply.

Recommended Guides